Delectable Dining at The Smith

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By Ravenous Renee

 

What I’d call a smart pub meets restaurant and bar, this all-purpose venue (which caters for functions) attracts the after work suits and hipster crowd, alongside families out for special occasions, couples out for date night, and my friend and I, simply looking to wine and dine.

Drawn to this place from moment go, what I liked about The Smith was its modern design, fabulous all-encompassing layout and seasonal menu flair – this was clearly a versatile establishment, thoughtful enough to try and cater to all tastes and preferences.

Offering a fair selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options, all of different portion sizes – ranging from a ‘mouthful’ to ‘tastes’ being your standard entrée, and then of course your mains – as I found out, The Smith is a great place for a nibble, full-hog share-plate indulgence, standalone lunch, or dinner time treat.

The wine/drinks list is also decent, and getting the night off to a good start I ordered a glass of the Villa Mt. Eden ‘Russian River’ Pinot Noir, 2009 ($15 [liquid gold, which I highly recommend]), smooth as velvet, lightly spiced and berry-delicious, followed by a glass of the Italian ‘Polizano Rosso di Montepulciano,’ 2012 – plummy, medium-bodied and earthly. Meanwhile, throughout the evening, my friend stuck to the bubbles and sipped on the Jansz ‘Premium Cuvee’ ($10) – refreshingly good.

We then ordered three ‘tastes’ (on recommendation of our lovely waiter ‘Will’, assigned personally to our table): the ‘Hickory smoked ocean trout with sweet fish sauce and banana blossom’ ($19), ‘Kingfish sashimi, mango puree, coconut and green chilli dressing’ ($19) and the ‘Soft fajitas with Cuban braised wagyu osso bucco, avocado and sweetcorn salsa’ ($18.50) – all dishes divine.

The smoked trout and kingfish sashimi were standouts, visually too, and the trout trumped them all. Alluringly sweet and subtly tangy, the sauce that entwined the delightful morsels of hickory basted smoked trout, embraced in a crispy salad like a concoction of banana blossom, was out of this world. Seriously, eye-ballingly yum. For the sashimi lovers, the Kingfish was exquisitely fresh, came with teardrops of enticing summertime flavours – juicy sweet ripe mango and real-coconut creamy goodness – and was so delicately succulent that it literally melted in your mouth.

Then, if that wasn’t enough, there were still our mains to go. I ordered the ‘Roast lamb shoulder with roasted pumpkin puree, yogurt and rosemary’ ($36), while my friend ordered the ‘Pan roasted barramundi with heirloom tomatoes, tofu, shiso and black bean dressing’ ($34) – good choices.

My lamb was perfectly cooked (think succulent meat that falls off the bone and maintains an oven-roasted, herb infused layer) and the sweet potato puree complimented my meal undeniably well. Gents you shouldn’t go hungry when ordering this dish, although I do suggest you order a side; let me tell you, the ‘Tossed Broccoli with chilli, garlic and parmesan’ ($9) works extremely well.

My friend’s selection of barramundi was also fair, but a lighter choice – perhaps more suited to a summer’s night, or bikini beach body. Showcasing subtle, but healthy flavour profiles (tomato, tofu, shiso and black bean); this dish is great for anyone eating clean, and training mean.

Last to top off what was a splendid evening on all accounts, coffee and dessert could not be surpassed. Ordering the new-to-the-menu ‘Sour cherry and dark chocolate pot with raspberry sorbet’ ($16), alongside some caffeinated brew to wash it all down (and a digestive afterwards); this is a dessert I recommend you share. Indulgent (although not overtly sweet) with thick chocolaty icing like texture and consistency – delivering tart, real cherry infusions when you were least expecting; this was only one of the many surprises, which totalled a very wonderful evening at The Smith.

The Smith
213 High Street, Prahran
Open 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner, 11am – Late
Ph: (03) 9514 2444

 

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